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Lake Luzerne sees familiar names on ballot

2011-11-05T22:40:00Z Lake Luzerne sees familiar names on ballotBy Don Lehman -- dlehman@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
November 05, 2011 10:40 pm  • 

The race for Lake Luzerne supervisor is a replay of several recent elections.

Incumbent supervisor Gene Merlino is seeking re-election to a fourth term, and he will face off against former town Supervisor Lawrence Bennett again on Tuesday.

Merlino beat Bennett in 2005 to wrest the supervisor post from Bennett, and Bennett lost a bid to take the job back in 2007.

Bennett decided to challenge Merlino again this year, but the incumbent handily won the Republican primary earlier this year to secure the coveted GOP line for the general election.

Merlino, who owns and operates The Lamplight Inn, a bed-and-breakfast in town, said he has been campaigning on his accomplishments during his six years in office.

He said he was particularly proud of keeping the town budget under control, with a budget increase of less than one-tenth of a percent for 2012 in an era when many municipalities are facing serious budget problems.

"We've done a very good job keeping the budget down," he said.

He also has touted getting the new Town Hall and senior center renovated and opened. The $900,000 reconstruction of the former bowling

alley was paid for mostly with state grants

Merlino, 67, has gotten the town Democratic committee endorsement as well as the Republican and Conservative lines.

Bennett, a retired teacher whose family operates Bennett Riding Stables in Lake Luzerne, will be on the ballot on the "Spend Less Money" party line. He spent 16 years as a town councilman before serving four as town supervisor.

He did not return multiple phone messages for comment left at his business last week.

Merlino more than doubled Bennett's votes in the Republican primary.

There is also a race for three Town Board seats in Lake Luzerne.

Democrat Howard Schaffer will oppose Republicans Virginia Russell and Anthony Cirillo for two board seats, while independent candidate Tina Croke will go against Republican incumbent Glenn Trackey for an unexpired term to which Trackey was appointed in June. He was appointed to the post after board member Mark McClain resigned.

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  1. landwalrus
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    landwalrus - November 07, 2011 4:07 pm
    Has anyone bothered to look and see were Howard Schaffer is using his star exemption? It would seem to me if it is not in the town of Lake Luzerne than he cannot run and if he is claiming Residency in Schenectady but claiming he is a resident here for the purpose of running for office it would be tax fraud! Just a thought but its worth looking into.
  2. patcher
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    patcher - November 07, 2011 12:06 pm
    The new complex is the best move the town ever made. The old town building is doing great as the Adirondack Folk School, the town looks the best it has in years. Some folks just can't understand success.
  3. png518
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    png518 - November 07, 2011 6:52 am
    It's true that the complex with the town hall, court house and senior center ran over budget, but the cost was not passed on to taxpayers. It's an amazing facility and was paid for mostly by grants and interest on town money. Under the prior administration the earnings on town money was very small, even though those were times of better returns. Supervisor Merlino moved town money to much higher yielding acccounts, which paid for the portion of the costs not covered by grant money. The municiple complex also allowed the town to sell the old court house for over $100,000.
  4. png518
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    png518 - November 07, 2011 6:43 am
    It's true that the complex with the town hall, court house and senior center ran over budget, but the cost was not passed on to tax payers. It's an amazing facility and was paid for mostly by grants and interest on town money. Under the prior administration the earnings on town money was very small, even though those were times of better returns. Supervisor Merlino moved town money to much higher yielding acccounts, which paid for the portion of the costs not covered by grant money.
  5. reflections of
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    reflections of - November 06, 2011 8:22 pm
    This is a serious issue. Due diligence should follow into this matter.
  6. patcher
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    patcher - November 06, 2011 7:56 am
    Lake Luzerne also has a summer resident running for one of the board seats. This clown is not a year round resident, hasn't been seen at town board meetings, is running on the Democratic line and sent "select mailers" entitled "Can We Afford Tony Cirillo". The info he foiled at the school is a complete lie and makes one believe that the Superintendent of our school placed the add and is supporting the clown. Tony has served on the school board from 1984 - 1996, is currently serving on the planning board and is the President of the Fire Commissioners. If the clown can't tell the truth about where he lives - how can he possibly be trusted with getting his facts straight? We don't need liars on the town board, sorry pal, try running for office where you live.
  7. parwana
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    parwana - November 06, 2011 12:26 am
    Supervisor Merlino projected a cost of $600,000 to renovate the bowling alley into a town hall. So $900,000 would be 50% over the projected budget.
  8. reflections of
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    reflections of - November 05, 2011 11:02 pm
    combine town agencies,post office,schools. stop politics, just stop spending.too many chiefs to pay in towns and schools.

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